Best travel bags for golf, tennis, cycling and more
Sports travel bags are in high demand this summer. Get yours while supplies last.
For some travelers, vacations are a chance to escape life (and their fitness routine).
For others, having blocks of free time, fresh air and outdoor space means getting out is a priority.
Pack a few essentials – like a pair of worn-out sneakers, dry clothes, weights or bands can turn any hotel room into a home (away from home) gym.
Golfers, cyclists and tennis players who invest a lot of money in equipment will want to take their own things with them on trips. There’s no point playing a world-class course or taking a scenic ride if using rented equipment spoils the experience. (And don’t sleep on disc golf: it’s a high-flying, fun sport. Some of the best courses in the world are right here in British Columbia, so bringing a set on a road trip can really help. prove useful.)
What’s the best all-purpose duffel bag for travel?
Who is it ideal for: A fitness enthusiast who prefers to have his own equipment no matter where he is in the world. A roomy bag can hold boxing gloves, ankle weights, protein powder, and workout bands (don’t forget sneakers and an empty water bottle).
Why we endorse it: Instead of a heavily branded gym bag, we love the retro design and simplicity of a BagBase gym bag that carries gym gear but can also be used outside of the gym.
Where it could use improvements: Smaller than a square sports bag.
Height/weight/dimensions: 36.8 x 21.2 x 6.2cm.
Price (subject to change): From $27 on Amazon.
What is the best golf bag for travelling?
Who is it ideal for: Golfers who want travel protection for their valuable clubs.
Why we endorse it: The Bag Boy T-10 travel case is an interesting hybrid between a hard and soft travel bag, each having their advantages. Hard cases are more protective and durable and soft cases are lighter and generally less expensive. The crush-resistant top, inline skating wheels, kickstand, and polyester construction make it easy to maneuver but not so flimsy that clubs can be damaged.
Where it could use improvements: Limited colors available (as is usually the case with golf bags in the summer).
Height/weight/dimensions: Approximately 36 inches tall.
Price (subject to change): $279.99 at Golf Town.
What is the best bike rack for travel?
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who has a highly prized bike that they want to take with them on a long-distance trip.
Why we endorse it: Thule is a big name in the field of sports protective and transport equipment. The Thule RoundTrip Pro XT bike rack gets high marks from reviewers for its quality, compactness, and construction (nylon over an aluminum shell).
Where it could use improvements: For those who prefer a hard shell without fabric, Thule manufactures it but it is difficult to find in Canada at the moment.
Height/weight/dimensions: Axle adapters for 15mm and 20mm.
Price (subject to change): $800 on Amazon.
What is the best tennis travel bag?
Who is it ideal for: Seasoned travelers who know that hotels, resorts, and some parks around the world have pristine (and free) tennis courts that are often empty.
Why we endorse it: This Wilson tennis bag can hold up to six racquets and is stylish enough to take to the court and have lunch after the game.
Where it could use improvements: It’s on sale so stock is limited.
Height/weight/dimensions: 13″H x 29″W x 13″D.
Price (subject to change): $106 (on sale) at Ssense.
What is the best travel bag for disc golf?
Who is it ideal for: Disc golf is very popular in British Columbia and some of the best courses in the country can be found in Langley, Nanaimo, Rossland, Pender Island, Campbell River, Logan Lake — you get the idea. With the right gear, every summer road trip can be a disc golf trip.
Why we endorse it: There are not many disc golf specific bags for sale. This PGA Tour Disc Golf backpack is very “official” thanks to the logo. It holds 17 discs and features a putter compartment, top handle and ergonomic backpack straps.
Where it could use improvements: It only exists in black.
Price (subject to change): $44.99 at Golf Town.